Taylor Swift is totally going through an annoying phase right now. It's like she totally thinks she's hot shit, and she is, but it's like, whatever, we're sick of hearing about your famous boyfriend drama! Amirite, you guys? It's just like, ugh, OMG, and her voice isn't even that good. Carrie Underwood has a way better voice, and she's more mature and way more country, so I am just kinda more into Carrie right now. Maybe when Taylor grows up a little and stops whining about boys, she'll be cool, but right now I am totally more into Carrie's new album, Blown Away, than I am Red. OK, txt me, TTYL.
Saturday, December 15, at Sprint Center, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65.
Eighties undergrounders the Pedaljets are set to release a new album sometime early next year, which qualifies as pretty big news around these parts. The local vets' last release was written and recorded in 1990, though the self-titled album was reworked, remastered and released as we know it in 2008. To prime us for it, they're dropping a single with two new tracks, "Riverview" and "Terra Nova," their first new songs in 23 years. I haven't heard it yet, but I'm assuming that it's got that same Replacements - R.E.M. - Uncle Tupelo mojo I love about their other stuff. With John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons and Katy Guillen.
Saturday, December 15, at RecordBar, 9 p.m., $7.
The Stone Foxes
The Stone Foxes are from San Francisco, though their sound is more Savannah, Georgia. The quartet mines a host of Southern sounds: raggedy, Robert Johnson - style acoustic slides; revved-up blues rock a la ZZ Top or the Black Crowes; and occasional alt-country ballads. Their patchy aesthetic most resembles that of the Allman Brothers, an influence apparent on "Reno," from 2010's Bears & Bulls, which liberally borrows the (admittedly awesome) stabbing guitar riff from "Whipping Post." With Cherokee Rock Rifle.
Sunday, December 16, at RecordBar, 7 p.m., $8.